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UWB test: Call for participation
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9/30/2007   Post a comment
I'm happy to report that an unbiased performance test is being coordinated by industry expert Fanny Mlinarsky, a highly-regarded consultant with more than 24 years of senior R&D expertise in wireless technologies.
FPGA Physical Synthesis, Part II
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
Andy Haines replies to my blog on FPGA Physical Synthesis.
Refrigerators Manage Inventory
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9/27/2007   Post a comment
On Wednesday, in the most unlikely place, DEMOfall 07 in San Diego, Calif., I struck up a conversation with Adam Metz, a media releations person at LaunchSquad, who attended the show representing Attendi, a New York startup founded by i33's Drew Rayman. Metz mentioned during the interview that he and his wife have plans to remodel their kitchen in summer 2008, and contemplated installing an RFID-equipped refrigerator. I believe it's the first time I had heard of someone seriously considering
SerDes: A new definition?
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
The mission of engineers is to find a better way and that might be what Align Engineering has done with its Align Lock Loop (ALL) technology.
The future of TV and the end of programs: The ultimate convergence
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
A new free long-distance phone service from Pudding Media foreshadows the future of television. Convergence is not about what people will watch. It's about what's on the screen when they're not watching.
Item-Level Tagging
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
Have you ever bought or sold an expensive item on eBay or any other online auction site? Last year at the local Salvador Ferragamo store I bought an expensive classic purse that I wore for one month before deciding the strap was too short. So, I wrapped up the purse and stuck it in a drawer thinking it would never again see the light of day.
Competing in the FPGA physical synthesis market
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9/25/2007   Post a comment
Competition in the EDA industry happens in three dimensions: engineering, marketing, and sales.
Welcome To Your RFID World
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9/24/2007   Post a comment
Guess who? Yep, me. I'm back to bring you all the RFID-related news and interesting tidbits on privacy, piracy, investments, retail and government mandates, as well as healthcare and automotive initiatives from around the world.
When FedEx sneezes
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9/24/2007   Post a comment
FedEx has just cut its financial forecast for the current fiscal year citing the "sluggish" U.S. economy. Any decline in sales expectations at logistics companies that is not a result of operational missteps should be a warning sign to the rest of the economy.
Facebook or Face Off?
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9/24/2007   Post a comment
Over the past several weeks Microsoft expressed an interest in investing in Facebook. Now, the company is in talks to buy the startup, and in the process give it a value in excess of $10 billion.
Steroids can boost home run output 50%
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9/21/2007   Post a comment
Homeruns are at the "tail" of a normal distribution of how far balls are hit, and tails are disproportionately affected by small changes in the distribution.
Bose speaker innovations
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9/21/2007   Post a comment
Earlier this week, I spent time with Bose Corp. at The Mountain in Framingham, MA. Bose introduced new speaker technology that (in my opinion) that has significant implications for Digital TV audio technology. Bose introduced what they call a "Computer Music Monitor."
Apple and O2 unleash iPhone in UK
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9/21/2007   Post a comment
The media swarmed to an Apple store on Regent Street, London, to hear Apple's Steve Jobs and Matthew Key of 02 discuss the exclusive deal O2 has on the iPhone.
ESC Blog: UML for DSP
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9/20/2007   Post a comment
Usually not for the DSP crowd, UML may be a good fit for designers of telecom networks, which carry voice, data, and video traffic.
ESC Blog: Dealing with change in consumer electronics
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9/20/2007   Post a comment
Structured ASICs may be most advantageous choice based on price and flexibilty.
GHS makes SH726x a better DSP
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9/20/2007   Post a comment
Today Green Hills Software announced that it had ported velOSity to the Renesas SH726x.
Not your father's circuits
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9/19/2007   Post a comment
The presenters at CICC are pointing out that some ofthe problems found at very-deep-submicron processes can be solved at the architectural level.
Bluetooth: No longer MuteTooth
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9/18/2007   Post a comment
Bluetooth now speaks. Bluetooth listens. Bluetooth also comprehends, more or less.
Microsoft vs EU antitrust ruling : A precedent too far?
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9/17/2007   Post a comment
It did not take long for EU competition commissioner Neelie Kroes to put the boot in. Minutes after the European Court of First Instance handed down its significant judgment against Microsoft, she fired a warning shot across the bow of other high-tech companies that may be thinking of ignoring its antitrust strictures.
IBC notebook: EBU, supporting progressive scan, trashes 1080i
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9/17/2007   Post a comment
On the final day of IBC I made my way to the EBU demo, comparing 1080i, 720p, and 1080p after being encoded by H.264 at various bit rates. It was an impressive and carefully prepared demo, and unlike similar comparisons I've seen previously in the U.S., this one had a very clear message: 720p is better than 1080i.
CA bans teens from mobile phone use
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9/16/2007   Post a comment
Well, I say 'Hurray.' Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill that bans teens from mobile phoning while driving.
Comment: Malaise shrouds U.S.-Taiwan relations
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9/14/2007   Post a comment
As China becomes increasingly able to press its interests within our political system, U.S. relations with Taiwan are left in an increasingly precarious position, a pro-Taiwan group argues.
ESC Boston
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9/11/2007   Post a comment
Product and technology hype is inevitable no matter where you go but at ESC the credibility level is still pretty good because the audience is so well informed.
Marketing to Customers: the Growth of Users Groups
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9/11/2007   Post a comment
If you take the list of the top two hundred electronics companies in the world you have the EDA RAM (Relevant Available Market). Companies not on the list are not, with very few exceptions, going to provide a significant revenue stream worth the focused attention of the big four EDA vendors, who collectively control about 80% of the total industry's revenue.
CEDIA 2007 - Wrap-up
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9/10/2007   Post a comment
With the C.E.D.I.A. Show finished for another year, I'm sitting back and wondering about what the show was all about. I'm still wondering. Unlike previous years, many products were introduced prior to the show. While there were certainly new products introduced this year, they were in much smaller numbers than in recent years.
IBC notebook
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9/10/2007   Post a comment
IBC highlights this year include 3D LCD screens from Philips that are truly "almost ready for prime time" (no glasses!), holographic storage that puts over 300-Gbytes on a 5-inch disc (and Ikegami, with no legacy tape format loyalty, is the first to offer it), and NHK's ultra high speed camera demo that shoots one million frames per second.
Mobile phones cleared in U.S. bee decline
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9/10/2007   Post a comment
It seems, according to the BBC, that a virus called the Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus (IAPV) is the likely culprit in the decline of the North American honeybee.
Comment: Knock off the Asian knockoffs
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9/10/2007   Post a comment
Cloning Western products won't advance China's standing in the global technology race; in fact, it's a setback.
Comment: Knock off the Asian knockoffs
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9/10/2007   Post a comment
Cloning Western products won't advance China's standing in the global technology race; in fact, it's a setback.
Trace exposes the toughest real-time bugs
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9/9/2007   2 comments
New debug tools give unprecedented continuous real-time access to on-chip data.
CEDIA 2007 - Day 2
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9/8/2007   Post a comment
Today I continued to wander the Colorado Convention Center at C.E.D.I.A., in hopes of getting some insight into trends and developments. As we all know, LCD TV is now the driving force of the digital TV business, and this is expected to continue for the next several years at the expense of plasma displays and rear projection microdisplays.
CEDIA 2007 - Day 1
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9/7/2007   Post a comment
Today, the C.E.D.I.A. Show opened to throngs of dealers, installers and the press. I haven't seen the official registration figures, but as soon as I do I will pass them along. At the same time that C.E.D.I.A. is going on in Denver, IBC (International Broadcast Conference) is going on in Amsterdam.
CEDIA 2007 - Press Day
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9/6/2007   Post a comment
Today was press day at C.E.D.I.A. While it's always hectic, it still doesn't match press day at CES. In total, there were nine press events today, but not all of them affected DTV. My first meeting today was with the HD DVD Promotion Group, who mentioned that there are now more than 300 titles available on HD DVD with more on the way for the volatile 4th quarter.
Xohm to the WiMAX
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9/5/2007   Post a comment
You may have already heard about this but it is news to me. Sprint Nextel is going to call its WiMAX network Xohm.
DAC: An Independent Technical Program Committee
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9/4/2007   Post a comment
In my blog of August 24, entitled "Vendors not the sole cause of declining DAC attendance", I may have given the impression that two of the three DAC sponsors, namely ACM and the IEEE have direct control over the contents of the Technical Program. I did not mean to imply this.
Chinese airline to enable in-flight cell service
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9/3/2007   Post a comment
China's Shenzhen will soon be allowing passengers to use their mobile phones in flight.


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